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November 26, 2014

After Cantor Shock, Independent Expenditures Resume (Updated)

Updated 8:00pm  The day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss, major national organizations quickly resumed making large independent expenditures for and against candidates in the 2014 elections.

Those making independent expenditures on June 11th include American Crossroads spending $461K, the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees PEOPLE spending $652K, and the National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund spending $400K. Other spending included $600K spent by the Club for Growth Action, and $500K spent by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

American Crossroads spent $460,730 on independent expenditures opposing Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. This included $423,000 to Mentzer Media for TV and media placement; $20,000 to IMGE LLC for online advertising, and $17,730 to McCarthy Hennings Walen Inc. for TV and Media production.

The American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees PEOPLE spent $652,150 in independent expenditures opposing U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, R-Mich.  They paid $634,000 to Waterfront Strategies for TV spots, and $18,150 to Message and Media for production costs.

The National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund spent $400,269 on independent expenditures supporting Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.  They paid $298,000 to Mentzer Media Services for TV and Internet media buys, $101,969 to Majority Strategies for direct mail costs, and $300 to the National Assn. of Realtors for consulting services.

Updated 5pm: Club for Growth Action reported late this afternoon that it had spent $600,000 on June 12th for independent expenditures opposing Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. The $599,988 was spent on radio, TV, and digital ads, as wells as production costs and mailing costs. The group also spent $18,314 on independent expenditures supporting Chris McDaniel, R-Miss.

Updated 8pm: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported this evening that it had spent $500,000 on June 13th for independent expenditures on TV advertisements supporting Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.

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